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Breast Lift

A breast lift or mastopexy can improve the appearance of the breasts in several ways. It raises the breast tissue, repositions the nipple and areola (the brownish area around the nipple), and enhances breast shape. If the areola have been stretched over time, they can also be reduced in size. With age, weight loss or childbirth, a woman’s breasts may lose their shape and tone, so that the breast tissues begin to sag and eventually the nipples point downwards.
Women who undergo a breast lift may also seek to increase the size of their breasts with a breast implant. Breast lift surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Some people may be up and about in a day or two, but you shouldn’t plan on returning to (non-strenuous work) for around one to two weeks after surgery.

Anaesthesia

Breast lift surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. In some cases, your surgeon may advise the use of a local anaesthetic, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy, so that you remain awake but feel very little discomfort during the operation.
Remember that having a general anaesthetic has a small risk attached to it that your surgeon should discuss with you.

The operation

Your breast lift would usually be performed in a hospital, or a surgeon’s clinic, and usually doesn’t require an overnight stay. A breast lift takes between one and a half and three and a half hours. There are different techniques which can be used, but the surgery usually begins with the surgeon making a cut underneath your breast which follows the natural curve of the breast. He then makes another cut which runs from the nipple down towards the bottom of the breast. You might imagine the incisions which are made being like the shape of an anchor.

How long will it take to recover from a Breast Lift?

Everyone heals at a different rate. Some patients may be up and about in a day or two, but you shouldn’t plan on returning to (non-strenuous work) for around one to two weeks after surgery.

What are the risks and potential complications from Breast Lift surgery?

Your breasts will be tender and swollen after this operation. The amount of post-operative swelling and bruising depends on whether you tend to bruise or swell easily. The amount you can expect varies for each individual but you should know how quickly you usually heal. Occasionally, swelling can last for many weeks in some individuals.

What should you do after a Breast Lift operation?

It is very important that you follow the advice of your surgeon carefully after your operation.
Post-surgery advice may include:

  • having someone drive you home after the operation and look after you for a day or two;
  • using recommended painkillers such as paracetamol as required;
  • your wounds will be wrapped in gauze bandages and a further elastic bandage or a surgical bra should normally be worn over them after surgery. Within a few days, the bandages or surgical bra will be replaced by a soft support bra. You’ll need to wear this bra around the clock for three to four weeks, over a thin layer of gauze. You will need to return to have your stitches removed after a week or two;
  • your surgeon may advise that you avoid having sex for a week or two following surgery as becoming excited can cause your breasts to swell, and to avoid anything but gentle contact with your breasts for around six weeks;
  • your surgeon will advise when to begin exercising and normal activities;
  • contact your surgeon immediately if you notice any signs of infection or if you experience bleeding or a sudden increase in pain.

 


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